It seems to me that Ephesians 2:8-9 is parenthetical and proverbial. That is, he's stating a general principle about God's grace, that it is received by faith not works. He's not talking specifically about the Ephesians being saved but is making a general point about how salvation comes.
The main point is contained in Ephesians 2:6-7 and 10:
Ephesians 2:6-7 (NIV)
"And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness ("beneficial kindness" per Jonathan Mitchell NT.) to us ( Not "to us" but "upon us" which is what it literally says, or "through us." gm) in Christ Jesus....10 For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.
The point being that God has raised us up and seated us with Christ in the heavenly realms to do something. To bring God's grace, demonstrated through beneficial kindness upon us, towards people in need.
This seating at the right hand of God, this grant of authority to those in Christ, allows us to show the riches of God's grace by kindly benefiting those in need, through healing, deliverance, rescue, salvation, etc. Just as the disciples did in the Gospels after Jesus gave them authority.
We've been seated in Christ, in the place of ultimate authority, so that we can show the world the incomparable riches of God's grace, His loving kindness, by doing these works which he has prepared for us to do.
That's pretty much the theme of the book of Ephesians.
So after 15 years of studying the issue I was convinced that the Bible teaches that God wants us to prosper. Now, I’m so convinced of it that opinions to the contrary seem really silly. Silly, except I used to think the same things. Let me show you what I discovered the Bible says about prosperity.
Let me start with this scripture, because it will eventually lead us to connect with the Christian scriptures in the New Testament.
One scripture, that seemed to say that God was against us having money, was this:
“No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.” Matthew 6:24, KJV. (The modern translations translate mammon, apparently an Aramaic word, as, money, wealth, riches.)
Most people take it to mean that you have to choose between God and money. You can have God or you can have money, but you can’t have both. They take it that God and money are opposed to each other. But that interpretation has more to do with Christian traditions about money than anything Jesus is saying.
If you study it out you’ll see that what he’s saying lies in the opposite direction. Jesus is saying, serve God and he’ll take care of your money needs.
Fights don't usually end with one good punch, Or we'd call them beatings.
When you've entered the ring full of confidence… Landed some of your best blows… And your opponent is still standing… And he's starting to land some of his own… And you feel like curling up in a corner… That's when you know you're in a fight!
Fight the good fight of faith, So you can lay hold of what God wants you to have.
Don't throw away your confidence, All you need is to endure, So you can inherit the promise!
Faith is discovering what Christ in you says about a situation, having the courage to act like what He says is so even when everything and everyone says its not, and the endurance to continue doing so 'till what Christ says comes to pass.
By which he meant not a change in location but his exaltation, his being seated at the right hand of the father, far above all principality and power and every name that is named both in this world and that which is to come; his being given a name above every name; his exaltation to the place of supreme authority in heaven and in earth. With that in the minds of his disciples, he turns to them and says:
John 14:13 And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14 If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it.
Whatever his disciples ask in his name he, as the great King over all the earth, will make it so.
We miss the importance of what Jesus is saying partly because the translation is off and partly because we have an incorrect picture of how Jesus did his works and how we, his disciples are supposed to do his works.
God wants to answer your prayers, don’t let people talk you out of receiving what God wants you to have.
The Resurrected Dog
M.’s family has a bunch of dogs, some Pit Bulls some Chihuahuas. A few weeks ago they discovered one of the Pit Bulls with its mouth locked around the neck of one of the Chihuahua’s, her daughter S.’s pet.
By the time they removed the Chihuahua it wasn’t breathing, it had turned blue, its eyes were bulging out, its tongue was hanging out, and there was a hole behind its head where one of the Pit Bulls teeth had penetrated.
M. said her only thought was to bury it, but her daughter S., a senior in high school, became quite upset and insisted her mom do something.